Guided tour

Waikiki: 2-Hour Nature and History Walk

Waikiki: 2-Hour Nature and History Walk

From US$ 25 per person

Join an expert local guide on a 2-hour nature walk in Waikiki and learn about Hawaiian history, flora, and fauna.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 4 participants


  • Take pictures of the world famous Waikiki surf breaks while learning about the history of surfing
  • Identify one of a dozen birds and tally sightings on your free bird ID card
  • Enjoy a relaxing walk through Kapi'olani Park at the foothills of Diamond Head volcano while your guide explains the history of the Hawaiian islands
  • Visit the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial and hear about Hawai'i's role in the World Wars
  • Look for the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal at the world-famous Kaimana Beach Park
Full description
Begin the walk at the "Surfer on a Wave" statue located across from the Honolulu Zoo. Upon arrival, receive a bird ID card that you will use to tally the number and types of birds spotted during the tour. Your guide will provide an explanation of the geology of the Hawaiian islands. Stroll down Queen's Beach, and learn about the arrival of the first Hawaiians of the island. Identify the local plants and trees that you pass, and learn about their historical and spiritual significance. At the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial, your guide explains the arrival of the first Europeans to Hawai'i and the subsequent involvement of Hawaiians in World Wars. Take pictures at the world-famous Kaimana Beach as you learn about the significance of the area as a place of Hawaiian resistance following the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. If you're lucky, an endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal might be on the beach resting! With only 45 of these seals on the island, it is a special treat to see one up close. Enter Kapi'olani Park and enjoy a locally-made mochi ice cream under a picturesque Banyan Tree. The tour then winds back to the starting point as you pass along the foothills of the iconic Diamond Head volcano. On the final portion of the walk, put your bird-spotting skills to the test as you search the trees for the indigenous Manu-o-Ku bird that frequently nests in the canopy above. The tour ends in front of the Honolulu Zoo, where you can easily walk back to central Waikiki or take a bus back to your hotel.
  • Bird ID card that you can use during the tour and take home as a souvenir
  • One locally made mochi ice cream
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Water
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

Surfer on a Wave statue

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Sunglasses

Know before you go

  • This tour may be cancelled in the case of a serious rain event at 8:00 AM the day of the tour. Rain is rare in Waikiki and often clears quickly and the tour only is canceled in extraordinary circumstances
  • The tour starts promptly at the stated time
  • Guests should be of sufficient physical health to walk up to 2 hours in the sun
  • Tours are wheelchair and stroller friendly, but there are some curbs and grassy spots that will need to be navigated
  • The tour will take approximately 1.5-2 hours and cover around 2 miles on flat terrain
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 6 reviews

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Jay was a great tour guide! The fact that her extended family has such deep roots here allowed us a peek into what life was like through a personal lens. A definite must! Also, our kid was happily engaged with identifying all of the birds she could find on the neat bird handout Jay provided,

July 11, 2021

At the meeting point and at the agreed time I met Jay. I explained to him that my level of English is not very good and he was very kind to me, he took all the time to explain or repeat until I understood. The walk was very nice and we could see almost all the birds in the brochure. We sat in a park and ate a delicious mango ice cream.

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February 13, 2020

Jay was a great guide. She knows the Hawaii history, as well as the flora and fauna. She came prepared with a chart that enabled us to check off the birds we saw and she fortified us with ice cream when we were ready for a break. She let us pick the pace and she answered the multitude of questions we asked.

January 27, 2020

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